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37 Pat Neshek RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 9/4/1980 | Birthplace: Madison, WI | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Houston | College: Butler | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $975,000 | Owned/Started%: 18/13 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Astros RP Pat Neshek takes loss on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) Astros reliever Pat Neshek suffered his first loss of the season on Saturday, as he allowed the game-winning runs to score in the eighth inning against the Yankees. Neshek came in the game with the score tied 6-6 in the eighth, and immediately allowed the first two batters to reach base.

After getting a fly out, Neshek served up a two-run double to Mark Teixeira, and the Yankees would go on to capture the 9-6 victory.

Neshek has been rather shaky so far in the month of June, allowing four earned runs over 9 2/3 innings pitched. 


Astros' Pat Neshek yet to issue walk in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Astros reliever Pat Neshek has strung together 24 appearances without issuing a walk to open the season, which leaves him just six appearances shy of the major-league record, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"The whole season’s a process. It’s one of those things where I know I’ve had success in the past, and I’m going to try to stick to that same program and believe in the process," Neshek said. "There are going to be be nights where you get your butt kicked, somebody’s going to beat you. And you’re going to have a lot of nights where you win. So you just stay even. I mean, the beginning of the year it was a little rough with a couple of the home runs, but I felt like my stuff was really good. I just believed in the process that you know you’re going to catch a streak and I’m sure I’m going to have a couple rough days here too."

Neshek suffered a stress fracture in his foot during spring training and has continued to pitch through the pain.

"It bothers me. It’s still there, but you just pitch through it," Neshek said. "I’ll be sore in the mornings, but once I get heated up and then put my shoes on, it actually feels a lot better. … It’s nothing that’s like so bad that I can’t walk. So yeah, it’s tolerable."

Neshek is 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA and 19:0 K:BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings.


Astros relievers Gregerson, Neshek giving team solid relief in '15


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) In 2014, the Astros had the highest bullpen ERA in baseball with a 4.80 mark. So, in the offseason, the team addressed that issue by bringing in a couple of solid right-handed relievers in Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek.

A competing general manager called Houston "real smart" for being able to sign both men and making a strength out of a weakness, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

So far, the two have been stellar out of the bullpen for manager A.J. Hinch. Though Gregerson's 4.08 ERA is a bit high, he is 10-for-11 in save chances and has a 14:5 K:BB ratio.

Neshek, meanwhile, is in the midst of 11 straight scoreless outings, and has not walked a batter this season. 


Astros closer Luke Gregerson (rest) not available on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch confirmed that closer Luke Gregerson will not be available to pitch on Wednesday against the A's. Gregerson nearly cost the team a win on Tuesday when he gave up two runs in the ninth inning. He was pulled in favor of Pat Neshek who closed out the game and got the save.

Gregerson has appeared in three of the last four games for the Astros and has given up two runs in two of those performances. 

Hinch indicated that Neshek, Chad Qualls, Tony Sipp and Josh Fields are all options to close if a save is needed on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle.


Astros' A.J. Hinch not concerned with Pat Neshek's slow start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Astros reliever Pat Neshek hasn't had the best start to the 2015 season. The veteran has a team-high 5.87 ERA with three home runs allowed in 7 2/3 innings. Neshek also struggled Friday, allowing a two-run shot to Marcus Semien in the bottom of the 11th.

With all the problems, manager A.J. Hinch remains optimistic Neshek will figure it out, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"He hasn't gotten away with too many mistakes and I think that’s unfortunate for him and ultimately unfortunate for us," Hinch said. "You want him to make better pitches. … It's not (always) going to be that way for him, if he hangs a slider every time it’s hit out. But it feels like that in the early going. One of the home runs, I think the one he gave up to (Albert Pujols on April 19 at Minute Maid Park) was a little more of a fly ball. The ball last night was hit pretty well."

Neshek has recorded 10 strikeouts without allowing a walk so far this season.

"I don't make too much of it," Hinch said. "I think he's tough on righthanded hitters. He's had little stretches in his career where he's given up a little bit of damage and responded fine. Regardless of the couple home runs that he's given up, I don't think right handed hitters will be comfortable when he’s coming in."


Astros RP Chad Qualls closes out extra-inning win at Oakland


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Astros reliever Chad Qualls earned his second save of the season during Friday's 5-4 win in 11 innings at Oakland, after closer Luke Gregerson and reliever Pat Neshek both struggled to close out the win.

Gregerson blew his first save of the season in the 10th inning, allowing Oakland to tie the game at 2. Neshek then came on to open the bottom of the 11th inning, but he was gone after allowing two runs on three hits in two-thirds inning. 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch brought on Tony Sipp to face Sam Fuld for the final out, but Sipp walked Fuld to put two runners on base. Hinch then called on Qualls, who retired Brett Lawrie on a fly out to deep center to end the rally.


Astros manager A.J. Hinch getting closer to assigning bullpen roles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday is getting closer to announcing bullpen roles, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“Once we get through that (back-to-back appearance) cycle of the work, we'll address roles," he said.

Hinch was referring to three candidates -- Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Chad Qualls -- who are up for the closer's role. Gregerson pitched on consecutive days Monday and Tuesday, Neshek is pitching Tuesday and Wednesday, and Qualls will also pitch on back-to-back days this week.


Astros RP Pat Neshek (foot) strikes out two in scoreless inning


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Astros relief pitcher Pat Neshek threw a 1-2-3 fourth inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced Thursday against the Tigers.

Neshek hadn't pitched since Sunday while dealing with a minor foot issue. Potentially in the mix to close this season, the reliever has tossed two scoreless innings while striking out three and walking one this spring.


Astros RP Pat Neshek (foot) scheduled to pitch Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Astros reliever Pat Neshek, who is sidelined with a sore right foot, is scheduled to pitch in Thursday's spring game against the Tigers, per MLB.com.

Neshek has made one appearance this spring, throwing one scoreless inning. He allowed two hits and one walk, while striking out one.


Astros' Pat Neshek won't miss time with foot injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Astros reliever Pat Neshek won't be sidelined by the foot pain he's been feeling. 

Neshek had an X-ray on Monday and MRI on Tuesday. Neither revealed any structural damage. The team will change his conditioning program, but his throwing schedule won't be changed.  

"When I went in yesterday, I asked them and they said possibly it could [require] surgery and it freaked me out, but that's not the case," he told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. "It's relatively minor and will take a few days to heal me up."


Astros pitcher Pat Neshek says foot issue is minor


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Astros pitcher Pat Neshek had an MRI on his ailing right foot Tuesday and said the issue was minor, reports MLB.com. Neshek is expected be sidelined for a few days.

"They said I caught it at a great point where if you catch it now, it won't get worse," he said, per the Houston Chronicle.


Astros manager A.J. Hinch on naming a closer: 'It'll take a while'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Saturday that he has somewhat of an idea who his closer will be this season, but declined to reveal any names, per the Houston Chronicle. Hinch noted that it "will take a while" before he names his closer.

"I think you got to let it play out," Hinch said. "I don't want to get too far in trying to make that happen in your own mind. But I do have an idea of how I think it's going to play out, but I'm not rushing to judgment, or, I'm not against changing my mind about half a dozen to 10 times between now and April. It's very, very premature.

"There's less need to sort of try out. Competing for it is sort of a hard way to describe it when you've got guys that have some credentials. So I'll stop calling it a competition, but it's more of an alignment of how we're going to use them."

Luke Gregerson signed a three-year, $18.5 million contract with the Astros, and is the highest-paid reliever on the roster. Chad Qualls was the ninth-inning man last season, and Pat Neshek, Tony Sipp and Josh Fields are all viable candidates for the gig.


Astros agree to deal with reliever Pat Neshek


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) After agreeing to a three-year, $18.5 million deal with reliever Luke Gregerson, the Astros are not done bolstering their bullpen. The Astros are now in agreement on a deal with reliever Pat Neshek, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 34-year-old Neshek was a first-time All-Star in 2014 with the Cardinals. He went 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in 71 relief appearances. He also had a career-best 25 holds.


Cardinals may not be able to keep Pat Neshek


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek may have to test the open market this winter, according to MLB.com.

After his performance last season, there's a sense that Neshek has priced himself out of St. Louis' bullpen. Neshek was exceptional with the club, posting a 1.87 ERA over 67 1/3 innings. The performance earned him a trip to the All-Star Game. The team will likely attempt to re-sign Neshek, but there's a sense he can get a more lucrative deal elsewhere. 


Pat Neshek takes loss vs. Cubs Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek was stuck with a loss Tuesday, giving up one earned run on two hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 4-3 walkoff defeat against the Cubs.

Neshek (7-2) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning but gave up a one-out double in the 10th, with the runner advancing to third base on a groundout. After an intentional walk, the reliever surrendered a single to bring home the game-ending run. Neshek owns a 1.49 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 68:9 K:BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings.


Pat Neshek picks up two-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek was not sharp despite picking up a two-out save Saturday ngith against Colorado. He allowed one run on two hits over two-thirds of an inning. He owns a 1.46 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP over 61 2/3 innings of work.

Pat Neshek earns fifth save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek picked up his fifth save Tuesday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 6-4 win over the Pirates.

Neshek continues to pile up scoreless appearances despite being touched up for four runs in a game in late August. He got the call Tuesday with closer Trevor Rosenthal having pitched in each of the last two games. Neshek owns a 1.37 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and 61:7 K:BB ratio in 59 innings.


Pat Neshek picks up sixth win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek earned a win Tuesday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 5-4 victory over the Reds.

Neshek (6-0) gave up one hit and struck out one while throwing 10 of his 11 pitches for strikes. He's allowed just five earned runs in 53 1/3 innings this season, giving him a 0.84 ERA to go with a 0.58 WHIP and 58:6 K:BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings.


Pat Neshek picks up a save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek picked up a save Friday against the Padres.

Neshek entered with a three-run lead, and managed to pick up his fourth save. He did allow a run, giving up a solo home run to Yasmani Grandal. He struck out one and did not issue any walks during the outing. 


Pat Neshek makes quick work of Boston for save No. 3


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek made quick work of the Red Sox for his third save of the season Thursday night. Neshek needed only nine pitches to retire the side in order and secure a 5-2 win. He owns a 0.76 ERA and a 0.59 WHIP over 47 1/3 innings of relief.

Pat Neshek strikes out side in fifth win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek struck out the side in the eighth inning and picked up a win in his team's 3-2 victory over the Red Sox Tuesday.

Neshek (5-0) continues to enjoy an excellent statistical season, and he's allowed just one earned run in 21 innings over his last 23 appearances. He owns a 0.78 ERA, 0.60 WHIP and 49:6 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.


Pat Neshek takes loss in All-Star Game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek was hung with a loss in Tuesday's All-Star Game after giving up two earned runs on three hits in one-third of an inning.

Neshek retired the first batter he faced on a groundout, but the next two batters singled before both coming home on a double by Mike Trout. It was a rough night for the Cardinal arms, as Neshek and starter Adam Wainwright combined to surrender all five runs scored by the American League. Despite Tuesday's results, the reliever certainly earned a spot in the All-Star Game, giving up just one earned run in his last 38 appearances combined going into the break.


Pat Neshek picks up relief win Monday night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek (3-0) tossed a perfect top of the ninth inning while the offense scored two runs in the bottom of the frame to give him the win over the Pirates Monday night.

Neshek struck out one and needed only 12 pitches to retire the side in order. He owns a 0.75 ERA and a 0.56 WHIP over 36 innings of relief.

National League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the National League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B Chase Utley, Phillies
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

RHP Johnny Cueto, Reds
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers
LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
RHP Tyson Ross, Padres
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
RHP Julio Teheran, Braves
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
LHP Tony Watson, Pirates
RHP Pat Neshek, Cardinals


Pat Neshek records second save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek needed just four pitches to rack up the final three outs of Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Mets and earn his second save.

Neshek was brought into the game after Jason Motte gave up a solo home run and put another batter on base to bring the tying run to the on-deck circle. The Cardinals gave regular closer Trevor Rosenthal the day off after pitching on each of the last three days. Neshek owns a 0.92 ERA, 0.61 WHIP and 29:4 K:BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings.